Aircraft manufacturer, Boeing yesterday announced that they have a firm order (unidentified customer) for 2 Boing 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighters (BCF) and they went on to add that they have agreed to open additional freighter conversion lines in Singapore and Guangzhou, China to meet the strong demand in the market.
The latest order takes the orderbook for the B737-800BCF to 134 orders and commitments. Boeing stated that this aircraft variant offers operators lower fuel consumption, newer technology and higher reliability compared with other standard-body freighters. The aircraft can carry up to 23.9 tonnes and can fly up to 3,750 kilometres and is primarily used on domestic/short-haul routes for express cargo.
The additional B737-800BCF line at Guangzhou is scheduled to open sometime in early 2021 at Guangzhou Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Company Limited (GAMECO) which would complement its existing conversion line for the B737-800BCF.
The aircraft manufacturer has so far delivered 36 B737-800BCF aircraft to over 10 operators.
The freighter conversion line to be opened in Singapore would be for the Boeing 767BCF aircraft which would be ideal for operators that operate long-haul and regional routes along with operating it to feeder markets, this freighter conversion line is set to be opened later this year at ST Engineering’s facility in Singapore. The B767BCF would have a capacity of 56.5 tonnes and a range of up to 6,190 kilometres
UPS Boeing 767BCF aircraft
Source: Aviation Tribune
According to Boeing, their freighter family provides over 90% of the world’s freighter capacity.
Boeing’s Senior VP of Commercial Sales and Marketing, Ihssane Mounir stated, “The freighter conversion program is an excellent way to double the life of an airplane and provide operators with an economical way to replace less efficient freighters” and added, “By working with our partners to add freighter conversion capacity, we look forward to meeting the strong demand in this market segment and helping our customers scale their operations.”
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